In the Pierce Gallery during May . . .
If You Really Knew Us
Meg Landers, an artist and photographer for more than 25 years, is uniquely gifted at creating a provocative and artistic images which free ourselves from convention. This recent commission from the Massachusetts Association for the Blind (MAB) continues in this vein, melding her visual narrations with non-stereotypical representations of the intellectually and physically disabled. The authentically candid portraits are enriched by interviews that have recently been archived through MAB’s visionary efforts. The text tells the evocative stories and lives of these adult community members, some of who are the last generations to have experienced the transition from de-institutionalization in the mid 60’s to supported community living.
Meg shares her passion and experience on the MAB adult disabilities project:
"I saw the opportunity in these portrait studies to ‘come-in close’ to these remarkable individuals without any environmental distractions. …My intention was to capture their essence while distinguishing the individual’s uniqueness – and beauty – with acceptance."
"If photographs and words have energy – and, I believe they do – this work gives us a rare intimate glimpse into the lives of these genuinely substantive individuals…The experience of photographing became mystically gratifying as I was softened by the power of each person’s disarming nature…like being infused with the love and tenderness of gentle warriors."
Meg Landers is a photographer who works on humanitarian, commercial, and fine art projects. She has actively exhibited both in juried and group invitational shows in the United States, Canada and Germany. Her photographs are in a number of publications, corporate and private collections. She maintains a studio on her Lexington property where she and her two children live.